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Life's Meaning/Purpose?

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Salty Booger, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. Salty Booger

    Salty Booger Royal Crown Cola (RC)

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    Hello,

    Does life have meaning or a purpose? My opinion is it simply is for no better reason or purpose than to be. When I ask these questions, I like to see what others might think.

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  2. RayofLight

    RayofLight They/Them

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    Before anyone else does it: 42
     
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  3. RayofLight

    RayofLight They/Them

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    In all seriousness life has no meaning by itself. You make meaning to life.
     
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  4. darkskies

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    To experience life is it's purpose.
     
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  5. rational experiences

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    Humans said our purpose self presence karmic.

    Human parents first. Our form. Our life. Baby to adult.

    We know first parents died. We live with our baby to adult parents watch them die. We say karmic. Sex a choice. Baby not given a choice.

    All humans advised sex and death our human life. Karmic.

    To propose that status upon innocence a baby life. All our own today we ask why.

    Reincarnation memories of pre living proved it and told us.

    Parents origin an eternal being was forced out of its body for creating God. The loss of the eternal.

    We always self preached humans came from a pre owned higher spirit form.

    Parent memory.

    Life is therefore spiritually karmic so we try to live it to our highest conscious ability to allow for equality. Once the spirit who caused change did not allow for equality.

    Why we fought for life equality.

    When you do a human assessment the man human memories state he caused God to be created. Why man proves men supported inequality.

    As a human realisation.

    If you didn't believe you caused gods creation you never would have agreed you did. As a scientist.
     
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  6. Altfish

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    To pass your genes on and keep the species going.
     
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  7. Heyo

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    I have problems with the meaning of "meaning" and "purpose" in connection with life. A sentence or a word has meaning. "Life" and "meaning" are absolutely alien concepts.
    A tool has a purpose. The purpose of a hammer is to drive in nails. A position (filled by a human) can have purpose. The purpose of a cop is to keep order and law.
    Life and purpose are absolutely alien concepts.
     
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    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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  9. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    ^^THIS^^
     
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  11. Pete in Panama

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    That's fair & on the face of it there really is no sense to it at all. To me however we're getting into a concept of personal satisfaction, that the effort of getting up, going to work, coming home & dying somehow has a significance that makes the effort of getting up and going to work worth the trouble. This question is the common thread that binds all humans together. What I mean is that I've seen it raised by atheists & god-people alike. It transcends both.

    As for the question of just what meaning is there we have to go back to the question of personal satisfaction, & there are many who are content to live a life w/ no more significance than that of an ant: born, live, die. My take is that this world has good/bad right/wrong, etc. & I chose to devote myself to some kind of ultimate essence of good/right. That satisfies me.

    Does this make any sense to u?
     
  12. Heyo

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    Yes it does. I have always seen it as a question that one has to answer for oneself. What do I want to do with my life? It never occurred to myself to ask what others want me to do with my life or to seek the answer in some cosmic goal.
     
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  13. Polymath257

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    Whenever someone asks about purpose, I have to ask 'for whom?'. A purpose is always a purpose in someone's mind. It isn't something inherent in the thing itself. So, the purpose of a knife might be to cut a piece of bread, or to spread butter, or to crush garlic. It all depends on the goal of the one using the knife.

    So, what is the purpose of my life to me? Among my goals are to love, to learn, to help, to comfort, to explore, to experience, to teach. So those goals become my purpose.
     
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  14. Unveiled Artist

    Unveiled Artist You are safe

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    Overall, to live in acceptance of life and death, experience awe, and build a relationship with loved ones.

    As for overall cosmic purpose? Life can care less about us. When someone dies, life goes on. It's not dependent on us for it's function.
     
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    the body produces a unique spirit on each occasion

    this is a learning device.....the body

    you are here to learn all that you can before you die

    there is no mystery
     
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  17. Pete in Panama

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    My personal bet is that there's a lot of depth to your approach that ur not telling me about. I'm imagining that your view to fulfillment goes way beyond merely existing for ur own sake.
     
  18. Heyo

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    Yes, but the decision to have this views is my own. No cosmic law or transcendental entity made me have them. I take full responsibility.
     
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